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From desert scenery to white-sand beaches and the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature adventure. Leave footprints on some of the world's highest sand dunes, peer deep into the heart of Africas largest canyon, and experience incredible game drives through Etosha National Park. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the planning while you recharge in a combination of hotels, camping, and guesthouses for a cultural experience youll treasure forever. Have your breath taken away by incredible scenery and marvel at amazing wildlife this is truly an African experience!

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DNCD/126768
  • Starts: Windhoek, Namibia
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Windhoek
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Windhoek/Etosha National Park

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Opt to explore more on an open safari vehicle drive.
Leave Windhoek and head north through the Namibian countryside to Etosha National Park.

Visit Etosha National Park on a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Keep an eye out for lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and antelopes.

After sunset, some animals may head to the watering holes near the campground.

Opt to head out for more wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle to make the most of your time here.

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Day 3: Etosha National Park

Enjoy another wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for some of the famous wildlife.

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Day 4: Etosha National Park/Swakopmund

Drive to the historical town of Swakopmund.
Watch the beautiful desert landscape go by en route to western Namibia.

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sandboarding or a skydiving.

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.

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Day 5: Swakopmund

Spend a day exploring all the area has to offer. Optional activities include sandboarding, skydiving, quad biking and a township tour.

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Day 6: Swakopmund/Namib Desert

Travel into the beautiful Namib Desert, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way.
Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.

En route, take a coffee break in Solitaire, a mystical village consisting of a filling station, a general dealer/coffee shop, and a small mechanical workshop. Drive through Walvis Bay, the only town on the Namibian coastline that boasts a deep sea harbor.

Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert.

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Day 7: Namib Desert

Visit Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Opt to climb up breathtaking Dune 45.
Enjoy a visit to Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, use some free time to enjoy the sand dunes on your own. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area.

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Day 8: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon

Continue on to the Fish River Canyon area. Opt to relax in the hotel's pool while enjoying the beautiful scenery

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Day 9: Fish River Canyon/Orange River

Visit Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and take in its majestic beauty. Continue on to the banks of the Gariep River with time to swim or just relax. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the country.

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Day 10: Orange River/Lambert's Bay

Cross the border into South Africa and continue down the coast to Lambert's Bay, stopping along the way. Opt to visit Bird Island or stroll through this charming town.
We head towards the coast again and on to Lambert's Bay, a picturesque town on the west coast of South Africa.

In the afternoon, opt to visit the well known Bird Island where you can find more than 25,000 blue-eyed gannets at certain times of the year. Penguins also gather on this island for breeding between August and October.

Opt to stroll through this lovely town, visiting unique artisan shops and boutiques.

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Day 11: Lambert's Bay/Cape Town

Continue on the last stretch of the trip to lovely Cape Town. Opt to enjoy a wine tasting or wander through the vibrant streets of this scenic coastal city.
While travelling towards Cape Town, through Namaqualand, keep an eye out for fields of Namaqualand daisies (in season August and September).

Stop along the way at a wine farm and opt to taste the local vintage.

Cape Town has many different options should you arrive early or book extra time to explore after the tour.

Visit Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), or join a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45 min drive). Visit the old French Huguenot town of Franschoek and surroundings (1 hr drive). For the truly adventurous, try skydiving, abseiling, or even cage diving, for a close encounter with the great white sharks.

Opt to wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens), or visit the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and numerous other small museums and theaters.

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Day 12: Cape Town

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully enjoy this city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
    • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
    • Fish River Canyon entrance
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicles, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at Fish River Canyon
  • Climb Dune 45
  • Get your adrenaline going with adventure activities in Swakopmund
  • Spot wildlife in beautiful Etosha National Park.


Reviews (4)
Rosalind C. Posted on: 

I enjoyed this tour - for various elemental reasons - more than any tour I have previously been on. The group were a big part of it, but what we saw and where we went were amazing.

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Elizabeth G. Posted on: 

I loved it! The dynamics of the group members were good, the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, and the scenery was magnificent.

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Neville M. Posted on: 

We have traveled on many tours, but with other companies,of different trip styles,but this has been the best. G Adventures have really lifted the bar, and our fear now is,will future trips ever be as good?

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Stephen H. Posted on: 

Just so thrilled with the whole trip. The food, accommodation, guide and incredible scenery were outstanding. We have already recommended it to all our friends. What an amazing country. Outstanding scenery. We have been to Peru with G Adventures last year and plan to use G Adventures every year while we can travel. We are in our mid 50's Next year Kenya, Serengeti and Tanzania we hope.

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